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Uploaded on May 11, 2009

STS-125 Atlantis Shuttle Mission 20090511 Canada Arm Visible Earth Orbit Red Large External Fuel Tank (ET aka SWT for Standard Weight Tank) Spinning in Orbit (starting at 2 min 30 seconds into video) as it falls to the Earth - Awesome.

Space garbage you'd not want to collide with that is for sure. Wait a moment that's not garbage that's the shuttle... now the fuel tank.... isn't that part of the shuttle too and thus not garbage? Yes, but now it's an IFO Space Garbage in a decaying orbit. You can see it tumble as it hits and interacts with the atmosphere, it's clear that something is altering it's smooth direction of travel in orbit. That would not happen if it wasn't in the atmosphere. It sure would be cool to see it burn and break up as it enters the atmosphere and crashes into the Indian or pacific oceans (hopefully missing everyone).

It's impressive to have something man made so huge in orbit floating there.

The awesome space shuttle, the awesome earth, the awesome space garbage, oh, fuel tank that did it's job, gravity in it's splendor.

Gotta love it.

NASA says that the footage of the external tank were shot thought the aft flight deck windows in HD, although this particular feed is just SD. These were the first HD pictures sent from the Shuttle! So the HD version is out there somewhere

ET/SLWT Specifications * Length: 153.8 ft (46.9 m) * Diameter: 27.6 ft (8.4 m) * Empty Weight: 58,500 lb (26,500 kg) * Gross Liftoff Weight: 1,680,000 lb (760,000 kg)


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